Central Deborah Gold Mine carried out a complex underground rescue training on Wednesday with the help of Oscar 1 Mines Rescue, the Fosterville Mine Rescue Team and Ambulance Victoria.
“As a tourist mine, Central Deborah is not treated any differently to a fully operational mine from an occupational health and safety point of view,” mine manager Karl Penrose said.
This training exercise will ensure that in the unlikely event of an underground emergency, mine staff and other emergency personnel are well-prepared to undertake the rescue as swiftly and safely as possible.
“It is very important that we give these external agencies the opportunity to familiarise themselves with our site and allow them to see first-hand the challenges they may be faced with during a real-life rescue,” Mr Penrose said.
“This ensures that we can continue to offer tours with the knowledge that when they are taken underground, their safety is always a number one priority.”